“It’s not happy people who are thankful, it’s thankful people who are happy.”
Ever notice that when you wake up on the wrong side of the bed, it seems like everything starts to fall apart?
We all have good days, and bad days. Even though I may write about keeping it together, I am definitely not immune to a bad mood.
The other morning I woke up with just enough time to make it to yoga. It took a lot of convincing to get myself out the door, but I made up my mind and I grabbed my keys and ran out the door. I got in my car, turned the keys, and… Nothing. My car wouldn’t start.
Yoga wasn’t happening. And to make matters worse, I stubbed my toe and ripped my jeans on the way back inside. A friend gave me a lift to buy jumper cables and to help start my car, but when I got in the passenger seat I sat on (and broke) her all time favourite pair of sunglasses.
Ugh. I felt horrible, and I was in the worst mood. I tried to tell myself “It’s ok, these things happen. Not a big deal!” but all I could think about was what would go wrong next.
What you focus on expands. So if your energy is spent dwelling on the things that are going wrong – like I was – you’re just going to bring about more of what you don’t want. That’s exactly what seemed to be happening to me.
So how did I turn it all around?
I closed my eyes, took a few deep breaths, and got grateful.
In my head I listed 5 things that I was grateful for in that moment. It took me a minute to even think of anything… But here’s what I came up with:
- The fact that I even have a car. I know that’s a privilege not everyone has, and something much worse could have happened than just a dead battery
- For having friends that will help me out in a pinch (and not kick me out of their cars when I mess up and break their things)
- For the random guy who stopped by and helped us jumpstart my car. We had no idea what we were doing!
- That deep down I knew that there was something to learn – and share with you – from the experience
- If that’s the worst that happened in my “bad day” I’ve got it pretty good in comparison to lots of people out there
Next time you find yourself in a funk like I was, stop what you’re doing and think of 5 things you’re really truly grateful for. Better yet, take out a pen and paper, and write them down. Get specific and really feel into what each of them means to you. Allow yourself a moment or two to really feel into each of them.
At first it may be tricky listing a whole 5 things you’re grateful for, but I promise you there is always something to be grateful for. Start simple, and you may find that as you focus on the good, the list of amazing things in your life will start to grow.
Sometimes a change in perspective is all you need, but don’t stop there! Run with the new momentum you create by focusing on the good and do something to change the direction of your day. For me, listing those 5 things helped change my thinking, but what really got me back on track was finally getting myself to yoga. Spending the time on my mat changed my entire vibe, but I honestly don’t know if I would have gone if I hadn’t first gotten out of my mental funk.
Now it’s your turn! Write out 5 things you’re grateful for, even if you’re already having a great day. I promise your mood will improve regardless. And if you want to share, I’d love to hear what’s on your list! Leave a comment below and share the 5 things you’re grateful for today.
It’s almost inevitable that you’ll feel better when you focus on the good, so next time you find yourself down in the dumps, use this 5 minute trick to get yourself back on track.
Love you loads!
P.S. I’d love to hear how you get yourself unstuck. If you have any other suggestions to help your fellow readers get back on track and feeling like their fabulous selves, leave a comment on the blog!!